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Killer Queen Tournament – Monday 2/16

Our monthly Killer Queen tournament returns! Every 3rd Monday, it’s time to throw down on the pollen-polluted battlefield in an epic battle!

Killer Queen challenges two teams of up to 5 players to take control of worker bees and their Queen working to defeat the opposing team in one of three ways: Filling your hive with pollen, riding the snail to your base, or killing the Queen (of course!)

The game is gaining a steady following in the handful of locations across the USA lucky enough to feature one, and we’re excited to bring the Portland Killer Queen community together and introduce some new players to one of the best arcade games we’ve ever played.

The tournament will be a double-elimination, best-of-five format, “Chicago style”. You can sign-up on-site from 5-7pm, or sign-up in advance online: http://goo.gl/KsmhLu

Special thanks Killer Queen Mercury Squad Chicago for their help and advice. Be sure to join the Killer Queen Mercury Squad Portland to keep up with events and drop-in games!

This tournament is powered by Brackelope: Tournament Builder.

WHAT: Killer Queen Arcade Tournament
WHEN: Monday 2/16. Sign-ups open from 5-7pm, first game starts at 7pm. Repeats every 3rd Monday!
COVER: Free to enter, $50 Ground Kontrol credit to top team, $25 to 2nd and $10 to 3rd. 21+ only, please bring ID!

Tecmo Super Bowl: The Big Game – Sunday February 1

Tecmo Super Bowl

UPDATE: We’ll be screening the big game in our lounge starting at 3:30pm! The bar doesn’t open until 5pm, but don’t worry about missing any of the game if you’re at the arcade with family or friends.

This is it: Our Tecmo Super Bowl series concludes with the final tournament! We’re pushing this one back a bit since we know it’s an important day, but don’t worry: You DON’T have to miss the conclusion of the big game to have a happy hour beer and compete in the tourney!

As an added bonus, we’ll be featuring the updated 2015 roster in this version of Tecmo Super Bowl: That’s right, you can recreate the big game in 8-bit glory!

Before Madden called the shots and NFL Blitz drew lines on the field, there was Tecmo Super Bowl, the classic 8-bit answer to console gridiron action. It was a simpler time for the NFL, and for sports games in general. However, the appeal of Tecmo Super Bowl endures, and the charm of the classic teams represented here are downright vintage at this point.

Signups begin at 5pm, and the first kickoff is at 6, every other week. The tournament will take place using an original NES, single elimination bracket, best of three games.

Enjoy food and drink specials, a great football atmosphere, and fierce competition in one of the all-time classic football games! You’ve been playing Tecmo Super Bowl for years, and now it’s time to take those skills to the big leagues – to Ground Kontrol. See you at gametime!

WHAT: Tecmo Super Brawl – GK’s Tecmo Super Bowl tournament

WHEN: Sunday, February 1. Signups at 6pm, kickoff at 7pm. Plus, Ground Kontrol serves beer, wine, cider and well cocktails at happy hour prices ’til midnight!

WHERE: Ground Kontrol, 511 NW Couch St, Portland Oregon

Killer Queen Arcade Tournament – Tuesday 1/20

Killer Queen Arcade TournamentIt’s finally time: Bring your best to Ground Kontrol for our first tournament on the world’s only ten-player arcade game, Killer Queen!

Killer Queen challenges two teams of up to 5 players to take control of worker bees and their Queen working to defeat the opposing team in one of three ways: Filling your hive with pollen, riding the snail to your base, or killing the Queen (of course!)

The game is gaining a steady following in the handful of locations across the USA lucky enough to feature one, and we’re excited to bring the Portland Killer Queen community together and introduce some new players to one of the best arcade games we’ve ever played.

The tournament will be a double-elimination, best-of-five format, “Chicago style”. You can sign-up on-site from 5-7pm, or sign-up in advance online: http://goo.gl/4Ml9hy

Special thanks to Killer Queen Mercury Squad of Chicago for their help and advice. Is a Chicago-Portland tournament in our future?

This tournament is powered by Brackelope: Tournament Builder.

WHAT: Killer Queen Arcade Tournament
WHEN: Tuesday 1/20. Sign-up from 5-7pm, first game 7pm.
COVER: Free to enter, $50 Ground Kontrol credit to top team, $25 to 2nd and $10 to 3rd. 21+ only, please bring ID!

Portland Pinbrawl 2015

Portland Pinbrawl 2015

Ground Kontrol’s 7th Annual

Pinball Tournament!

Portland Pinbrawl '15

Sponsored by Portland Mercury!

On Sunday, April 19th 2015, 128 of the best pinball players from Portland and beyond will once again gather at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade for Portland’s biggest pinball tournament!

UPDATE 4/13/15: Portland Pinbrawl 2015 t-shirt pre-orders are CLOSED. If you missed the window, you can buy one in person at Ground Kontrol on Sunday 4/19. Access to Ground Kontrol will be limited to tournament players until 3pm on 4/19, and shirt quantities will be limited.

UPDATE 3/27/15: Portland Pinbrawl 2015 t-shirts are now available for pre-order! Follow this link to claim yours now!

UPDATE 3/14/15: Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is now officially SOLD OUT! Registration for Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is currently full, but we can add your name to a standby list. Should any bracket spots open up, standby registrants will be contacted with the option to purchase registration on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to be added to the standby list, please email us at pinbrawl15@groundkontrol.com with the subject “Standby” and the following info: Full Name, Location and Phone Number. Thanks!

PRE-REGISTRATION OPENS SUNDAY 3/8 @ NOON PST: Portland Pinbrawl is capped at 128 players and it usually fills up well before the day of the tournament. For more details, click here!

Portland Pinbrawl 2015 takes place Sunday, April 19th. On-site registration (if any slots are available) begins at 10:00am. Tournament begins at 11:00am and ends “when it’s over!”

PAPA TOURNAMENT CIRCUIT

We’re excited to announce that Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is part of the PAPA Circuit! What does that mean for you? From the PAPA Circuit overview:

Each Circuit event is worth the same number of points toward our annual PAPA Circuit Standings, and all players are eligible to compete. Each player’s ten best results during the Circuit season contribute to their final point total.

At the end of the PAPA Circuit season, the top forty ranked players will be invited to compete in the Circuit Final tournament the day before the PAPA World Championships.

The PAPA Circuit Final is an invitation-only, no-entry-fee-required event where all contestants who qualify win prize money. The Circuit Final is a unique competitive event that pits each season’s best performers against one another in a last-man-standing tournament format.

Short answer? The stakes are even higher this year, and conquering Portland Pinbrawl is one step towards facing the best players in the world at the PAPA Circuit Final in Philadelphia!

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TOURNAMENT LOCATION

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade

511 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

(503) 796-9364

For directions, click here.

ABOUT GROUND KONTROL

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade is the premier arcade in the Northwest, featuring 26 of the most exciting pinball games and nearly 90 classic video arcade games in a two-level game room.

PRIZES

Cash prizes will be awarded to top finishers!

Additional prizes from the following sponsors:

HOW TO REGISTER

Players can pre-register online, or register on-site the day of the tournament.

UPDATE 3/14/15: Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is now officially SOLD OUT! Registration for Portland Pinbrawl 2015 is currently full, but we can add your name to a standby list. Should any bracket spots open up, standby registrants will be contacted with the option to purchase registration on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to be added to the standby list, please email us at pinbrawl15@groundkontrol.com with the subject “Standby” and the following info: Full Name, Location and Phone Number. Thanks!

ENTRY FEES & ON-SITE REGISTRATION

There is a $20 entry fee per participant. Registration is capped at 128 players. One entry per person is allowed, and no re-entries are allowed after elimination. On-site registration will begin at 10:00am Sunday, April 19th and will close at 10:45am or once we reach the maximum number of registrants. Cash is the only accepted form of payment for on-site registration. An ATM will be available on-site, but we recommend you come prepared with cash. 

PRE-REGISTRATION OVERVIEW

Pre-registration guarantees you a spot in the tournament bracket without the hassle of waiting in line. As an added bonus, pre-registrants will receive priority for first-round byes. All remaining first-round byes will be randomly assigned to players with same day registration.

PRE-REGISTRATION PERIOD

Pre-registrations will be accepted from 12:00pm PST Sunday March 8th until 12:00pm PST Saturday, April 18th 2015 or until we reach the maximum number of registrants.

Ready to pre-register?

Pre-registration will open Sunday March 8th at 12:00pm PST. Set a reminder and bookmark the ticket page below!

 

VENUE RULES

AGE RESTRICTION

As a reminder, all players and spectators must be 21+ years old with a valid ID (valid state driver’s license with photo; valid DMV ID card with photo, name, DOB & physical description; valid passport or valid U.S. military ID card.)

Any player or spectator that does not have valid ID will not be permitted entry.

CAPACITY

The tournament will be limited to 128 participants, and spectator entry will be limited by Ground Kontrol’s maximum capacity of 130 persons. Registered participants are guaranteed entry to Ground Kontrol, provided they are 21+ with valid ID. Spectators will not be permitted between the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm. After 3:00pm, spectators are encouraged to come down and watch the final matches! Admission to the pinball mezzanine will be limited to tournament participants, and play on the pinball machines will be limited to tournament games only.

TOURNAMENT RULES

The full list of tournament rules will be available online soon and will be available for viewing at the registration desk the day of the tournament.

FORMAT

The tournament will be a random bracket placement head to head best two of three double elimination tournament.

LIST OF GAMES

This list reflects Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade’s pinball lineup as of January 6th 2015. Games on this list are subject to change at any time and are not guaranteed to be included in tournament play.

On The Floor

    • Addams Family, The
    • Attack From Mars
    • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    • Champion Pub
    • Cirqus Voltaire
    • Creature from the Black Lagoon
    • Doctor Who
    • Haunted House
    • Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure
    • Judge Dredd
    • Lord Of The Rings
    • Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Scared Stiff
    • Simpsons Pinball Party
    • Sopranos, The
    • South Park
    • Spider-Man
    • Star Trek: TNG
    • Star Wars Episode 1
    • Tales Of The Arabian Nights
    • T2: Judgment Day
    • Theatre of Magic
    • Twilight Zone
    • Walking Dead
    • White Water
    • World Cup Soccer

SIDE TOURNAMENTS

We plan to feature at least one side tournament, to be announced!

HOTELS

Need a place to stay? We recommend these nearby hotels who have graciously offered room discounts to Portland Pinbrawl players!

JUPITER HOTEL – 800 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR – (503) 230-9200

From the Jupiter Hotel:

The Jupiter Hotel is located in the heart of the city and offers a uniquely Portland experience.  Our mid-century hotel with a modern twist offers complimentary wireless internet, complimentary Water Ave Coffee every morning to our guests, unique wall art murals in each room and full chalkboard doors to unleash your inner artists.  The Doug Fir Restaurant and Lounge is on property and is considered one of the tastiest places in Portland for breakfast and happy hours.  We look forward to having you!

To book your room at the special discounted rate:

Go to:  res.jupiterhotel.com

Enter : GEEK into the promo code slot

Book your room!

ACE HOTEL – 1022 SW Stark St, Portland, OR – (503) 228-2277

To book your room at the discounted rate, contact Ace Hotel at (503) 228-2277 and ask for the “Pinbrawl” rate, which grants you 15% off your choice of room (excludes shared bathroom guest rooms).

DIRECTIONS TO GROUND KONTROL

From I-5 North: After entering Oregon…

  1. Take exit 302A toward Rose Quarter/City Center
  2. Turn right at N Broadway
  3. Turn left at NW Broadway
  4. Turn left at NW Couch St

From I-5 South: After entering Oregon…

  1. Take exit 299B on the left for I-405 W toward US-26 W/City Center/Beaverton
  2. Merge onto I-405 N
  3. Take exit 2B for Everett St toward I-405 N/Seattle
  4. Merge onto NW 14th Ave
  5. Turn right at NW Everett St
  6. Turn right at NW Broadway
  7. Take the 2nd left onto NW Couch St

Directions provided by Google Maps. To route your own trip, click here.

PARKING

Street parking and paid parking lots are available. Street parking is metered from the hours of 1pm-7pm on Sundays. If you plan to drive to Ground Kontrol, we recommend you park in the paid lot next to Ground Kontrol or the paid lot on NW Couch Street between 4th and 5th Avenue. Rates vary, but are typically around $6 for all-day parking on Sundays.

GETTING AROUND IN PORTLAND

Ground Kontrol is located near several public transit lines, including bus and light rail. For schedule and route information, visit TriMet’s website or call (503) 238-RIDE. If you need a cab, call Radio Cab at (503) 227-1212.

QUESTIONS?

All questions regarding Portland Pinbrawl 2015 can be sent to: pinbrawl15@groundkontrol.com. Please allow 24-48 hours for a response.

AND FINALLY…

See you there! Let’s make this great! – Portland Pinbrawl Organizers, Ground Kontrol Owners & Staff

Spaceteam Admiral’s Challenge Tournament – Sunday 6/29, 6pm

Sleeping Beast Games has launched a new campaign to release two follow-up games to the smash iOS/Android hit Spaceteam and they need your help!

Take part in the first-ever worldwide Spaceteam tournament, the Spaceteam Admiral’s Challenge, and compete for global high scores while unlocking special bonuses – and help spread the word about the new Kickstarter campaign!

Get down to Ground Kontrol by 6pm to sign up for this FREE tournament. Bring your iOS or Android device fully charged and get ready to stave off your untimely demise as long as possible. We’ll be giving away Ground Kontrol gift certificates and other prizes TBA to the top players of the evening!

Stick around after the tournament for Ground Kontrol’s Video Game Quiz Show, the only trivia night in town that’s exclusively about video games – and win more stuff!

Good luck!

Ground Kontrol serves a full bar and food menu after 5pm, so this is a 21+ event. Check out the Spaceteam Admiral’s Club Kickstarter and support the relaunch.

Special thanks to Mink, Kyle Jones, Will Lewis and Portland Indie Game Squad!

WHAT: Spaceteam Admiral’s Challenge Tournament

WHEN: Sunday, June 29th at 6pm. Stick around for Ground Kontrol’s Video Game Quiz Show at 9!

COVER: No cover! 21+ only.

Portland Beer Week: Oakshire Brewing Arcade Tournament – Thursday 6/5

Oakshire BrewingCome to Ground Kontrol for a special Portland Beer Week event with Oakshire Brewing!

Oakshire’s inviting you to compete in several arcade game tournaments to win Oakshire swag and Ground Kontrol credit!

Pac-Man, NBA Jam, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, and Pac-Man Battle Royale will all be featured. Choose one or more than one, just be ready to show your skills. Toast your wins or ease your pain with special Oakshire brews available in cans and on draft tonight only!

Sign-ups start at 7pm, and we’ll kick off tournaments as we reach enough players for each game. We’ll hold raffle giveaways, too, so everyone has a chance to win!

WHAT: Oakshire Brewing Arcade Tournament – part of Portland Beer Week

WHEN: Thursday, 6/5 – Starts at 7pm.

COVER: No cover! 21+ only.

Brackelope Presents the Supercade Pinball Knockout at PRGE – Sunday 10/6

Brackelope Supercade Knockout

This weekend, Brackelope Tournament Builder and Ground Kontrol are teaming up to bring you a pinball tournament in the Portland Retro Gaming Expo Supercade!

The tournament will be a knockout format bracket, so you’ll have more chances to play than a typical double elimination tournament. The first round kicks off at 11am on Sunday October 6. The top winners will win cash prizes, Brackelope t-shirts and Ground Kontrol gift certificates!

To sign up, just visit the Ground Kontrol booth at Portland Retro Gaming Expo between 9am-5:30pm on Saturday October 5. There’s a $5 entry fee due in cash when you sign up. Limited spots available, so don’t delay!

Brackelope Knockout Pinball Tournament – Sunday September 22

We’re excited to announce a brand-new tournament at Ground Kontrol – the Brackelope Knockout!

This 3-strike knockout format will pit the Pacific Northwest’s best players against each other on Sunday, September 22. For the first time, all ages are welcome to compete in a Ground Kontrol pinball tournament!

We expect to see some familar faces but hope to see some new challengers step up, too. Have you been waiting to test your flipper finesse against some real competition?

This tournament is powered and organized by Brackelope, the tournament building software available for iOS devices. Download it in the App Store today!

DATE AND TIME

Sunday, September 22. Doors open at 10am for check-in and last-minute registration (if available.) First games begin at 11am sharp.

LOCATION

Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade, 511 NW Couch St, Portland, OR. All ages welcome until 5pm. Should tournament run beyond 5pm, remaining matches can be played at Backspace to accommodate under-21 players.

PRIZES

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top winners!

REGISTRATION

Any remaining open slots will be available for in-person registration between 10am-10:45am the morning of Sunday 9/22 at Ground Kontrol. Registration is $20 cash! An ATM is on site at Ground Kontrol.

QUESTIONS? 
Email us at pinbrawl13@groundkontrol.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

Four Pac-Men, One Survivor: The Pac-Man Battle Royale Rumble – Thursday March 14

Four Pac-Men enter, one Pac-Man leaves! 

Do you hunger for more than some measly pellets? Go beyond a friendly game of Pac-Man and pit your pizza-shaped protagonist against 3 friends-turned-foes in the Pac-Man Battle Royale Rumble! It all takes place on our four-player Pac-Man Battle Royale machine and the two-dimensional disorder won’t end until only one Pac-pugilist is crowned king or queen!

To enter, make it to Ground Kontrol between 5-8:30pm on Thursday, March 14. We’ll be hosting a Free Play Night, so there will be a $5 cover at the door (and all of your games will be free!). Sign up at the Pac-Man BR cabinet, where we will have a clipboard and registration sheet, or talk to someone from Best Bout Gaming. At 9pm, the first game will begin. Players will be scored based on Pac-Men consumed and Pac-Deaths, adding an additional layer of strategy to the game.  The top 3 winners will receive Ground Kontrol gift certificates, good for anything we sell!

This tournament is sponsored by Best Bout Gaming, who are dedicated to promoting the strategic gaming scene in the Pacific NW.

WHAT: Pac-Man Battle Royale Rumble – a Pac-Man Battle Royale tournament!

WHEN: Thursday, March 14 during our 2nd Thursday Free Play Party. Sign up between 5-8:30pm, first game starts at 9pm.

COVER: $5 cover at the door for Free Play Night, no additional cover or fee to enter the tournament. 21+ only.

Categories: Arcade News, Tournament

Pac-Man Battle Royale Rumble Returns – Thursday July 14

Could you eat your best friend? Enter the Pac-Man Battle Royale Rumble and find out!

No, we’re not dropping you on a remote island with tracking collars and implements of destruction – this Battle Royale will pit Pac-Man against Pac-Man at our 4-player Pac-Man Battle Royale cabinet in a free tournament, and the mayhem won’t end until the last circular combatant is consumed!

To enter, make it to Ground Kontrol between 5-7pm on Thursday, July 14. We’ll be hosting a Free Play Night, so there will be a $5 cover at the door (and all of your games will be free!). Sign up at the Pac-Man BR cabinet, where we will have a clipboard and registration sheet. At 8pm, the first game will begin. Players will be scored based on Pac-Men consumed and Pac-Deaths, adding an additional layer of strategy to the game.  The top 3 winners will receive Ground Kontrol gift certificates, good for anything we sell!

This tournament is sponsored by Best Bout Gaming, who are dedicated to promoting the strategic gaming scene in the Pacific NW.

WHAT: Pac-Man Battle Royale Rumble

WHEN: Thursday, July 14. Sign up between 5-7pm, first game starts at 8pm.

COVER: $5 cover at the door for Free Play Night, no additional cover or fee to enter the tournament. 21+ only.